The Kneeling Art Photography Project, organized by Portland artist Titi de Baccarat, will showcase its first exhibit this week at the gallery space at 525 Danforth St. in Portland.

This community social justice/art project, which opens June 4, explores the meaning and evolution of the take-a-knee gesture with Maine photographers’ images of diverse Mainers who express why they are kneeling.

The 10 photographers taking part in the exhibit range from seasoned professionals to people new to the craft. The opening reception, which is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 4, will feature music from keyboardist Jamie Saft and Indo-jazz percussionist Brian Shankar Adler, as well as dance from The Love Factory and possibly a food truck.

The gallery space will be open from 3-6 p.m. on June 5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24. The show closes on June 25.

The exhibition will then move to two locations in July: the Francis, a boutique hotel located at 747 Congress St. where it can be seen from July 2-30 and to the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville from July 9-13. In August, you can see it at the UMVA Gallery, 516 Congress St., from Aug. 6-27. The exhibition then travels to IMRC, University of Maine, Orono in September.

For more information, contact de Baccarat at 602-9205 or visit